The freak tornado which hit Birmingham in 2005 left a gaping hole both in the skyline and in the cultural life of the inner-city community of Sparkbrook.
Christ Church, a prominent Victorian building which had stood on a prominent crossroads in the heart of the community since the 1860s, was destroyed.
In its place now stands Sparkbrook Community and Health Centre – the result of a £12 million collaboration between Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust, Birmingham City Council and the Church of England.
The new centre was the first of its kind in the city – bringing together health and council services under one roof. It provides accommodation for three GP practices serving around 15,000 patients as well as a city council customer service centre providing advice about housing and money matters to local residents.
The centre’s services include:
- GP surgeries
- Baby clinics
- Healthy young people’s services
- Dental services
- Healthy lifestyle support
- Birmingham City Council Customer Services Centre
- Six offices for start-up social enterprises/businesses
- Community space available for hire
- A private garden
- Church hall, space for worship and community café.